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Scarlets 18 – 14 Glasgow

Shh. Don’t say it too loud but Glasgow might actually be ok.

With the amount of quality which has left the squad, the double headed dash of inexperience at 10 and the back row switching from strength to uncertainty, the Warriors had a slow start to the season

But things might slowly be coming together, as a win against Ospreys and a very encouraging performance against Scarlets, Glasgow look like they might be putting things together.

The “win now” philosophy is one that football teams always fall guilty to, mortgaging their team for instant success to keep the fans happy.

However rugby fans tend to be different, less diehard, rugby fans tend to have an allegiance to their own less succssful club, then falling under the umbrella of a professional team once a week.

That is why Glasgow have been able to take advantage of this predicament and offer this season to building and growth (but of course through necessity because of finances).

There will be signs of encouragement throughout, but at the end of the day, Glasgow will most likely not reach the heights of last year.

But that’s ok, Weir and Jackson will have time to learn how to lead, while several other young faces in the Glasgow team will benefit from another year of Magners rugby under their belt.

Elsewhere, the pro player draft continues to reap rewards, as Peter Horne and Kevin Tkachuk to the starting XV has shown.

Glasgow Warriors don’t have big money but they are making it work for them, as much as it might have seemed disheartening that Kelly Brown and Dan Parks left to play elsewhere, for Scottish rugby it’s for the best.

Rob Harley, Ruaridh Jackson and Duncan Weir have a chance to grow and develop while Parks and Brown continue to advance their rugby careers.

And I don’t think we have ever seen Dan Parks score a try like Duncan Weir did today.

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3 Responses

  1. Glasgow definitely won the second half but too much sloppy box kicking in the first half (and the odd missed penalty) put paid to a game they could easily have won… Thought Weir and Jackson are both having decent seasons so far – the presence of Weir has definitely pushed Jackson on from his indifferent performances last year…

  2. Could be an interesting battle between jackson and weir. Jackson is the obvious choice with a year or so more experience and some class performances against much better sides, but, i’ve seen weir 3 times and he’s closer to being an out and out 10 that jackson is. Maybe a little harsh on jackson, but weir seems to be dominating the game when he comes off the bench. He is very similar to parks and ross in his style.

    I think, its going to come down to who fits better with cuister when (if) he returns to full fitness, he’s going to have a say in who he prefers.
    Interesting that weir has looked a better fit alongside colin gregor than jackson has.

  3. I find it hard to choose between the two of them, but I am just glad both are getting plenty of game time – given that situation continuing they should both be international contenders sooner rather than later. Weir’s cockiness could serve him well at international level and stop him being too overawed at the big occasions…

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